FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, January 27, 2014
CONTACT: Josh Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-582-8205
Roseville – The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) announced today that starting next school year, Pearson will be the new vendor to administer the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments for grades three through seven, as well as the new grade eight and grade 10 assessments.
Pearson was selected after a thorough evaluation process that included both district and MDE personnel. As the new vendor, Pearson will collaborate with MDE to ensure a seamless and secure assessment process for schools while working to expand accessibility of online testing to students across Minnesota.
The state’s contract with Pearson is for three years (expiring October 31, 2016) with an option to extend an additional two years, and is for a value of approximately $33.8 million.
Additionally, MDE is in the process of finalizing a vendor to administer nationally-recognized college entrance and placement exams. The college-ready assessments were put in place by Governor Mark Dayton and the 2013 Legislature, ensuring every child graduates high school with the tools needed to succeed in career and college. An announcement on the selected vendor for these tests is expected in the coming months.